Congratulations, you've received an offer of a job or internship!
Accepting an Offer of Employment
The hardest part of the job search might be over but you still need to make an important decision - so take some time to give it serious thought. Don't accept a job offer on the spot! Make sure you weigh your choices carefully and ensure that you are making the best possible choice for your career goals. If you have other offers pending that are higher on your priority list, contact those employers to let them know about your new offer and ask when they are planning to make their decision.
Remember, once you accept an offer, you are obligated to that position even if you get a better offer later. As always, you are more than welcome to stop by Engineering Career Services to talk through your options!
Accepted a position already? Whether it's a post-graduation job, an internship, or a co-op position, please let us know by filling out this short Job Update Form. And if you've been hired as a full-time co-op student, you must stop by our office to register for the 0-credit co-op class, ENCO 098 or 099!
Declining an Offer of Employment
Avoid saying anything negative in writing about the employer, even if you had a negative experience.
- If you choose to decline an offer because another offer is a better fit for your interests and goals, it is fine to state this, without giving details about why the declined offer is not the best fit. It is not necessary to state whose offer you accepted, but you may do so if you wish.
- Remember that this employer may be a contact for you in the future. Be professional and courteous.
Consequences of Reneging
When you accept an offer, you are obligated to that position even if you get a better offer later. Do not accept an offer unless and until you are sure of your commitment. Once you accept a position, you should withdraw yourself from other positions you are being considered for, and stop submitting new applications.
If an employer makes you an offer in August or September for a summer internship or full time position, you may ask to have until the end of October to make your decision. If you receive an offer after September, you may ask to have 2-3 weeks to communicate your decision to the employer.
If you decide to renege on your commitment to accept a different offer, there will be consequences. Reneging damages not just your professional reputation, but that of the Clark School of Engineering. Your actions can jeopardize opportunities for other Clark School students. Your Careers4Engineers account will be blocked, and you will be barred from participating in campus recruiting activities until you meet with an Engineering Career Services advisor. You will be required to compose a sincere letter of apology, explaining your actions, which we will review and submit to the recruiter. Future recruiting privileges will be evaluated at that time.
This policy deals with you reneging on your commitment to a company. If a company/organization rescinds its offer of employment to you, please notify the Engineering Career Services office immediately.
See our Evaluating Salary & Job Offers handout for advice.